Australian National Curriculum ( Australian Bureau Of Statistics

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In a country such as Australia were approximately 78 per cent of the nation is affiliated with some religion, it is clear to see that the teaching of religion should be part of the Australian National Curriculum (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012). Australia is a multi-cultural, multi-racial and multi-religious society and to deny a place for religious education within the Australian National Curriculum is to create a secular education system (Greene, 2014). This essay will address the place of religion in Australian schools in regards to the Australian National Curriculum and also the value of teaching religion in schools.

The place of religion in Australian schools
As stated before Australia is a multi-cultural and multi-faith society in which the teaching of religion should have a place. Cathy Byrne (2012) has described Australian schools as “lagging behind” other nations in regards to treatment of religion. Professor Barry McGaw (2011) states “if we deny any place to religion in public education and wish to make it entirely secular, we are actually basing it on a particular world view”. In this sense the fact that religion is not apart of the Australian National Curriculum is actually excluding the many religions of Australia’s diverse and multi-faith society. Through incorporating religious education into the Australian National Curriculum students are more educated and equipped to understand the many diverse religions and beliefs within Australian society. This…

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